Sleeping well at night is fundamental to how you feel and act the next day. If your productivity, mood and energy levels are suffering due to getting poor sleep, there are a lot of theories out there about what you should and should not do. As with many things, there is no surefire formula to sleeping well at night. What works for one person may not work for the next. Keeping that in mind, here are three “don’ts” you should probably avoid if you are trying to sleep better at night.
#1. DON’T Discount Bed Comfort And Technology
If you have had trouble sleeping with a traditional mattress, it could be time to consider switching to a sleep system bed or adjustable memory foam bed. Electric adjustable beds allow you to put your body in different positions that may be more comfortable to you, promoting better sleep. If you test out a few electric adjustable beds, one position to try is the slight incline at the head of the bed as opposed to totally horizontal. This position in electric adjustable beds may help you stay spread out and fight the tendency to bend or curl your legs, resulting in cramped or painful sleep.
#2. DON’T Stay In Bed When You Can’t Sleep
Another important tip for sleeping better is what to do when you find yourself laying in bed at night and you can’t sleep. Instead of forcing yourself to stay in bed when sleep is not coming easily, if you find yourself laying in bed for more than 15 or 20 minutes, you should get up and do something else to make yourself tired before returning to bed. This way, your mind will associate your bed with sleep, instead of with thinking or doing other activities.
#3. DON’T Eat Or Drink Too Much Before Bed
While the largest medical factors leading to sleep issues are back and neck pain, TMJ and headaches, what you eat and drink before bed also can play a significant role. Right before bed, you should avoid having liquids that contain caffeine which makes it harder to sleep because of stimulating effects. You should also avoid excessive alcohol before bed. While it may seem to make it easier to fall asleep, alcohol actually diminishes the quality of your sleep. Drinking too much could also result in waking you up during the night for disruptive bathroom breaks. Having too much food before bed can cause your stomach to work hard while you are trying to fall asleep, making it harder to fall asleep.
• Low Back Pain
• Minor Aches and Pains Due to Muscular Fatigue or Overexertion
• Edema or Swelling of the Legs
• Poor Local Blood Circulation of the Legs
• Symptoms of Hiatus Hernia
• Nighttime Heartburn
• Symptoms of Gastric Reflux
• The optional heating accessory provides temporary relief from Mild Arthritis and Joint Pain, as well as Muscle Pain Associated with Stress and Tension
• Sleeping in an upright position may Reduce or Ease Light and Occasional Snoring